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Why HubSpot Stock Is Down in Volatile Trading on Thursday

By Evan Niu, CFA - May 6, 2021 at 12:02PM

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The CRM specialist reported first-quarter results and issued mixed guidance for the second quarter.

What happened

Shares of HubSpot (HUBS 3.28%) are having a volatile trading day after the company reported first-quarter earnings results. The stock had gained as much as 2% at the open before dipping as much as 5%, and was down 3% as of 11:20 a.m. EDT. The company beat profit expectations and issued strong revenue guidance, but tech stocks have been under pressure for months.

So what

Revenue in the first quarter increased 41% to $281.4 million, in line with Wall Street's forecast. That resulted in adjusted net income of $15.7 million, or $0.31 per share, which was better than the $0.29 per share in adjusted profits that analysts were modeling for. The customer relationship management (CRM) technology company ended the quarter with nearly 114,000 total customers.

Exterior of a HubSpot office

Image source: HubSpot.

"We entered 2021 strong with the launch of Operations Hub and another quarter of tremendous growth across the business," Chief Customer Officer Yamini Rangan said in a statement. "We believe there's still a massive opportunity ahead as companies continue to adapt to doing business in a digital-first world."

Now what

HubSpot's guidance for the second quarter calls for revenue in the range of $293 million to $297 million, comfortably above the $278.3 million in sales that the market is looking for. Adjusted earnings per share should be $0.30 to $0.32, which is below the consensus estimate of $0.33 per share. The company is forecasting full-year revenue of around $1.24 billion, ahead of Wall Street's expectations of $1.17 billion.

Evan Niu, CFA has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends HubSpot. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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